Keynote Lecture: “‘Hoping for a Protestant Burial’: Centlivre, Farquhar, and the Politics of Protestant Comedy”


Location: Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall)

Dr. Misty Anderson

Dr. Misty Anderson is professor of English and adjunct professor of theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She works in Restoration and eighteenth-century studies, with a particular interest in theater history, performances studies, gender studies, queer theory, and the history of religion.   She took her B.A. at Yale University, where she majored in English and minored in a cappella singing, and she took her graduate degrees at Vanderbilt University.  She currently holds the Allen C. Carroll Chair of Teaching in the English department. She edits the journal Restoration: Studies in English Literary History, 1660-1700, a Project MUSE journal, and she is an active member of both the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.  Her most recent book, Imagining Methodism, has been called by reviewers an “invaluable, field-changing insight into queer, feminist, materialist, and performance-oriented work on early modern Britain and its place in the history of ‘the modern.’” Her current project is a performance studies approach to representations of religious events on the early modern stage, tentatively entitled God on Stage. She has been at the University of Tennessee since 1996, is married to John Tirro, and has two sons.  She is also an adjunct member to the Theatre Department.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  This event is part of the symposium "The Bible, Narrative, and Modernity" on March 26-28 sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.